Texas teacher donates kidney to first-grader

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Texas Teacher Donates Kidney To First-Grader


A first-grade teacher in Texas gave one of her students more than just an education.

Matthew Parker, 6, is only able to attend class at Hoffmann Lane Elementary School two days a week because he spends the other three days in dialysis treatment.

His kidneys started failing when he was just few weeks old and after a transplant from a deceased person failed in 2010, his only option was to find a new donor.

After his parents made a public plea for help, his teacher Lindsey Painter got tested. Doctors say Matthew had a one percent chance of finding a match... and it was 100 percent successful.

"It is completely mind blowing. When the coordinator at the hospital called me on Christmas eve to tell me I was a match... I have a 10 year old and a 6 year old, both little boys. And I just can't imagine having a child who's going through what Matt has gone through."

Lindsey had just started working at the school last year and Matthew's family praised her for her selfless act...as well as so many others who heard about it. The surgeries are scheduled for March.

Last year, a Colorado teacher made the same generous move for one of her students. Jen Scully says a student who was suffering from kidney disease shared the same name as her aunt who died of cancer. She told KCNC she was inspired to get tested and a turned out to be a match.

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